MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III is scheduled to attend two more important engagements this week, aside from Monday’s Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduation rites in Silang, Cavite.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a statement, said the President will attend the “Araw ng Parangal sa Kapulisan” to honor policemen and policewomen who embody the promise of the cadets who graduated Monday.
“These outstanding men and women will be recognized for their courage in performing their duties – during the Zamboanga City siege, the earthquake in Bohol, and in the aftermath of Typhoon ‘Yolanda’, among others,” Lacierda said.
He also said that towards the end of the week, the Philippines will also welcome Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam in his first State Visit to the Philippines from April 2 to 5.
“(Both) Presidents will meet to discuss matters of mutual interest, including trade and investment and the Filipino community in Singapore,” Lacierda said.
The Malacanang official also said that President Tan will later hand over donations contributed by the people of Singapore to the partners of the Singapore Red Cross involved in rehabilitation projects in Yolanda-affected communities.
President Tan will also fly to Basey, Western Samar to present medical supplies to the Basey District Hospital, a joint rehabilitation project of the Singapore Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
This is President Tan’s first state visit to the Philippines, which is also a reciprocal visit following President Aquino’s State Visit to Singapore on March 9 to 11, 2011.
Lacierda said that President Aquino’s events this week embody the promises the government made to Filipino people, especially in wake of “Yolanda”.
He said that as the government continues in its work to uplift the Filipino people, everyone should bear in mind the challenge the President issued to the PNPA graduates – which was to side with good. (MNS)